This is my entry for the month of April in the 12 tags of 2012 series that Tim Holtz is featuring in his blog. He started the series during the month of February, so he'll be featuring an extra tag sometime during the year. Therefore, the tags I've done thus far are the Love Tag in February and the Courage Tag in March.
This month Tim presented 2 embossing techniques. The first one involved using distress embossing powder on semi-dry grungeboard. For my design, I used a BasicGrey chipboard undressed vine shape and 3 flower shapes. I inked them and used embossing powders on them as per Tim's instructions. Then, I arranged the flowers on the vine and glued them. The second technique involved using embossing folders, reflection stamps, and a Vagabond (embossing machine) to create the background. It is a really cool technique, but I don't have any of those tools. (With a child in college and another one coming up, it may be a while before I can afford them. LOL!) Therefore, I used a regular script stamp for the background, and then embossed it with a Fiskars filigree texture template. I inked the tag and distressed it as per Tim's instructions. I glued down my flowered vine. Instead of a stained ribbon, I tied a strip of red suede lace on the top. Finally, instead of the word band and key, I made a medallion out of a pocket prayer coin featuring Galatians 4:4-5, some beads, wire, a jewelry making safety pin, and a large jump ring.
I love working on these tags, because I always learn new techniques from Tim. They also encourage me to exercise my problem solving and creativity skills. I can't wait to see the tags from the other participants! I invite you to follow my blog and leave a comment. Blessings!